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Typical concrete comprises cement, water, gravel and sand. While this mixture makes the substance hard and strong, it does not promote flexibility. Thus concrete is brittle and prone to cracks if too much weight is applied. What if it could be more bendable?
A new project to transform building facades into ‘biological computers’ made up of ‘digestive’ bricks that can create useful products from waste has been launched at Newcastle University.
A new wave of off-site construction is bringing new efficiencies to housebuilders' bottom lines by delivering eco-friendly homes in double quick time, as Sean Smith, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Construction at Edinburgh Napier University, explains.